Saturday, December 19, 2009

How Do You Use Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap?

For years, my best friend Mint has been raving about Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap and it's multiple uses. I recently purchased a bottle of the stuff, and frankly I am overwhelmed. Please see video below:

Here is the Dr. Bronner's website for someone how has more time then I do to look it over.


  1. I would like to find out how to use it too. Hope everyone writes in with ideas.

  2. Me too! I'm really confused and I need some magic soap guidance!

  3. I was always intrigued by this product --but after reading the label I too was unable to determine how and what to use it for. In addition there are some things on the label that really turn me off. I don't like having spiritual guidance printed on my cleaning products.

  4. There are too many words on the bottle but it is actually quite simple. You basically just dilute it different amounts depending on what you need it for. Also the different oils are better for some things like tea tree for oily hair or to prevent lice, lavender for calm etc...

    This is a pretty good intro to dilutions and uses that I find clear from their site:

    Also the G_d stuff is a little weird but I actually believe that all gods are really one which is the main point so I'm not offended by it.

  5. Okay, so I need some extra special guidance. I understand the whole dilution thing, but break it down for me.

    What if I want to use it for cleaning? Or shampoo? Or what else? Help! I have no time to read!

    Oh, the link didn't work for me!

  6. I am feeling equally compelled to buy this product or run for the hills. Can I do laundry with it?

  7. I think so. You can apparently do EVERYTHING with it, but only select people know how...stay tuned.

  8. You can use it for dishes, laundry, and the bath.. I'm not sure about diluting and measurements, maybe just mess around with it and figure it out. It sounds interesting. Its been around for years, I know because I used to see it in my neighbors house and I wondered why they had soap with weird stuff written all over the bottle. Personally I'd put it in a different bottle, its annoying! lol.

  9. I'm afraid! I don't want to dilute too much or too little. I just want someone to guide me with measurements and ratios. Ah math!

  10. For everyday body-washing: Get wet and pour soap full-strength onto hands-washcloth-loofah. Lather up, scrub down, rinse off, and tingle fresh and clean.

    For other uses, dilute from one part soap into 40 parts water for light cleaning, to cutting it in half or using it full strength for heavy-duty grease-cutting jobs.

    For shampoo, people have been telling us for years that they like using our soaps to shampoo their hair. Now, paired with our new Citrus Conditioning Rinse and Organic Leave-In Conditioning Crème, it works better than ever. For details, click here.

    For the laundry, use 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup for one regular load; adjust as needed depending on hardness of water. I've been told that adding a dash of baking soda makes it even better.
    For pets, lather up well and apply to their body. Be careful to keep the soap and the lather away from their eyes. I find a mixture of peppermint and eucalyptus works best.

    For toothbrushing, apply a drop or two of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap (I prefer the peppermint) to a wet toothbrush. Brush as you normally would, rinsing accordingly. Be careful about using more than a couple drops of soap, as you might start foaming at the mouth (last time I checked "rabid chic" was not hip). Many people with sensitive or softer teeth like to use our soap as toothpaste because it lacks abrasives.

  11. You would think that for as long as it's been available (since the 60's) and the number of people who have used it -- we'd have this down to a science by now. However, even the company seems to be unsure as to what the ratios are as they only list three or four and are vague at best about the others.

    What I can tell you is that it really depends upon what you're using it for and how much you're making up at one time. For example, if you're using it for a hand/bath soap you'll want it at about 15% to 20% of the amount being used. For example, 8oz container would have 1.6 oz of DB and 6.4 oz of water.

    For shampoo, this also depends upon what type of hair you have. I'd go with the Baby mild for all uses except cleaning household. For shampoo 10% to 15% is good. Any more than that and you strip the oils from your hair if your hair isn't oily. You also have to be sure you rinse really well.

    If you're speaking about household cleaning then you want the SUDS version. This cleans floors, grills, ovens, oven hoods, oven filters and other greasy things very well. You'll have to play with the dilution.

    For really tough cleaning problems prepare to let the object in question to soak for 24 hours. I used it on my carport to remove oil which had leaked. I put it on full strength, left it on for 24 hours and then rinsed it the next day.

    One thing that also plays a part in all this is how hard your water is.

    As you can see, it can be a complex question with complex answer. Your best bet is to start out, if you're using it for personal hygiene, is at 5% and gradually increase to no more than 20%. Somewhere along the way you'll find the right answer for your body, your water and what you want it to do.

    Keep in mind is soap is extremely concentrated and is real soap and not detergent like the commercial soap and shampoos are.


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